Disclaimer: I may have a few posts that are marked “Catch-up”, which simply indicate thoughts that I recorded recently (past couple months at most) but hadn’t been able to put into writing till now.
Moving along, Door Theory.
I was talking to my cousin online one day whilst he disappeared for some time. He came back to explain that he had gone to pray but it took him long because he started thinking.
He then clarified saying “ooh…I’m at school so I had to pause from work and go to the prayer room. And you know that whole theory of how you forget things as you pass through doors? I left the room I was studying in, and went to a different room, and the change in environment kinda made me think about other stuff.”
I proceeded to tell him I’m not familiar with that theory and so he sent me this:
^ Fascinating, yes?! In addition, somewhere else I was reading about Door Theory and the writer spoke of the underlying concept in Door Theory of literally leaving things behind and moving forward.
So I wondered what it might be like to design a house driven by Door Theory. I suppose somehow the architecture would have to compel the inhabitant to pass through several doorways, maybe even just arches, to get from one place to another. It probably wouldn’t work for every room, but maybe for a place to pray or a study or a patio. Maybe the doorways leading up to the room would indeed make the individual forget what was on his/her mind, but in turn perhaps it would engender better concentration in prayer or clearer thinking in the study.
It would be interesting to have a work place set up the same way but to the next level—maybe in the format of a small metropolis all connected through tunnels and doorways, and different parts of the day were designated to working in different areas. Maybe doorways and tunnels would increase forgetting the previous task once one has exited its respective area, enabling better focus on the next bit of work, ultimately increasing productivity in a variety of tasks per day instead of getting one thing done.
It’s a theory.